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Growing Links Seen Among Southeast Asian Islamists; Southern Thailand Affected

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

SINGAPORE -- Evidence is growing that threads of homespun Islamic extremism in seven countries of Southeast Asia are weaving links among each other. Malay Muslim insurgents fighting an increasingly violent conflict in southern Thailand, for example, now appear to be receiving assistance from Islamists elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

The thread appears to loosely wind through Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia and even tightly controlled Burma. ...

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